The Plover Castle – Matsue

Matsue Castle is one of twelve surviving ancient castles in Japan and the only one in the San’in region. It is called “Plover Castle” because of its characteristic pediments, which resemble the spread wings of this water bird. Another distinctive feature of the castle is the rows of large black amaoi-ita shutters to keep the …

The beauty of Hirosaki Castle

Towers, sakura and apples Hirosaki Castle is considered one of the most beautiful in Japan. The main tower, built at the top of the hill, is surrounded by defensive walls, moats and yagura towers. Around the castle is a beautiful cherry orchard, where thousands of sakura trees bloom lush every spring. Hirosaki is the commercial …